Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) – Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize error – How to fix

Are you getting the error that says Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize on your PC? Is there a fix? Lets find out.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) – Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize error – How to fix

Looks like a lot of users who bought Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Rockstar Games Launcher are facing an error after they are done decrypting the game. The message says : Error – The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize! Please visit Rockstar Support for more information.

The problem is taking place for a huge majority of the community and is making things quite frustrating for those who were waiting for ages to play RDR2 on their PC. And this is not the only issue that the game has. People are experiencing performance related problems like lag, crashes, the “exited unexpectedly error“, etc, as well.

Is there a fix

The problem is we are not sure what is causing this problem so it is hard to come up with a fix at the moment. The good news is the devs are already aware of this error or bug. So expect an update very soon.

With that being said here are some basic fixes you can try:

Download the latest graphics drivers

People often tend to ignore driver updates and sit with buggy or un-optimized drivers. Outdated drivers could be the reason behind many performance issues on your system. Therefore it is always recommended that you keep your drivers up-to-date.

Here are the links to the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Avoid Overclocking

Overclocking GPUs has become a very common reason for crashes in games nowadays. If by any chance you are witnessing random crashes and freezes in Red Dead Redemption 2 then chances are it is being caused by an overclocking application or utility running in the background. A lot of games have been suffering from crashes lately due to applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. So it is best to stay on the safe side and run your graphics card on default speeds.

Verify the game

Verify Red Dead Redemption 2 via the Rockstar Games Launcher.

Disable Anti-virus

Trying turning off your Anti-virus as a lot of times issues like these pop up due Anti-virus softwares messing with the in-game files.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try come out with a fix. Good luck!

That’s all folks!

Last Updated on November 5, 2019

1 thought on “Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) – Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize error – How to fix”

  1. My game keeps saying verify game files on the epic launcher and when I do noting is found out of place so nothing gets downloaded/fixed. Re-installing does not fix that problem neither do any of these solutions.

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